Lions, and tigers, and bears. Oh my! No, you won’t see those animals in the Galápagos Islands. But you will see the “Big 15” including sea lions, tortoises, land iguanas, marine iguanas, flamingos, frigatebirds, and so much more. And Monograms makes it easy! On this 9-day vacation package, we’ve arranged your hotel and cruise accommodations (including porterage), most of your meals, sightseeing, and private airport transfers to/from your intra-vacation flights. Plus, a service unique to Monograms is the Monograms Local Host®, a local resident in Quito who will be there to answer your questions and offer suggestions on restaurants, shopping, activities, and more.</BR> </BR>Your vacation begins in Quito, where your Local Host will greet you with a set of materials to familiarize you with the city. The next day, after included breakfast, we’ll pick you up at your selected hotel for a private city tour of the must-see sights with a local expert, someone who will share the city’s secrets and fascinating stories. Then you’re off to the Galápagos Islands for a 5-night cruise. On board the Galápagos Sea Star Journey, you’ll cruise to Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago, and San Cristobal Islands.</BR> </BR>On Santa Cruz Island, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about the Galápagos conservation efforts and to see a tortoise breeding center. On Isabela Island, take a panga ride to Tintoreras, where you’ll see white-tipped reef sharks in the crystal-clear waters, Galápagos penguins, sea turtles, sea lions, and more; see Sierra Negra volcano, with the second-widest crater in the world; walk a lava flow formed into a complex of lagoons with flamingos, white-cheeked pintails, paint-billed crakes, and common gallinules; see the largest penguin colony in the Galápagos at Elizabeth Bay; and observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, brown pelicans, sea lions, and more.</BR></BR>A walk on Fernandina Island offers you the opportunity to see a large colony of marine iguanas and the flightless cormorant, a bird that swims the ocean for its food and no longer flies. On Santiago Island, enjoy a panga ride, see a common nesting area for sea turtles, and enjoy the black-sand beach and landscape of lava flows. Snorkel or swim from the beach, and keep your eyes out for land and marine birds, a colony of fur sea lions, Galápagos finches, and marine iguanas. On the last day of this amazing Galápagos cruise, visit Isla Lobos, where you’ll see blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, herons, frigatebirds, and various shorebirds.</BR></BR>All of this and more await you in the Galápagos Islands. And did we mention that throughout your cruise, you will be joined by a Naturalist, an expert who will share his/her vast knowledge, point out the flora and fauna, and help ensure your vacation is everything you want it to be? All meals are also included on board, so all you have to do is grab your camera, sit back, and enjoy this amazing experience!

City Highlights

Sightseeing with a Local Guide, inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE

Meals

Buffet breakfast daily5 lunches5 three-course dinners

Transportation

As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary and private airport transfers to/from intra-vacation flights; intra-vacation flights not included

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